As someone who’s written a re-telling of Rapunzel and a variant of The Sleeping Beauty, it should come as no surprise that I like fairy tales. Due to this predilection, I recently downloaded and read Echo Shea’s Light a Candle for the Beast: A Beauty and the Beast Retelling. It promised to be a dark re-telling of a tale most of us associate with a Disney movie featuring talking housewares.
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Unfortunately, Light a Candle for the Beast wasn’t for me. The story has numerous five-star ratings on Amazon, and the writing of the story has its moments, it just… wasn’t for me.
Light a Candle for the Beast is a gothic novella, with witches, dark spells, a need for vengeance, and regret for what could have been. The beauty has been beaten, disfigured, and ultimately, killed. The beast has been punished, broken, and only wants to die. The protagonists of the fairy tale are discussed by a biased third-party who has also been punished by her association with them.
Not bad concepts, it just… didn’t hold my interest. Have you read it? What did you think? Do you have any favorite fairy tale retellings?